Joshua Reynolds : the creation of celebrity /
edited by Martin Postle ; with essays and catalogue entries by Martin Postle and Mark Hallett and essays by Tim Clayton and Stella Tillyard.
London : Tate, 2005.
295 p. : col. ill., ports ; 30 cm.
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London : Tate, 2005.
general note
Published on the occasion of the exhibition organized by Tate Britain and Ferrara Arte, held at Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, 13 February-1 May 2005 and Tate Britain, London, 26 May-18 September 2005.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. [280]-285) and index.
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Featuring many of Joshua Reynolds's most famous portraits, this volume examines the artist's life and work in the social, political and cultural context of a century that cultivated a very modern notion of fame.
Long Description
"Joshua Reynolds: The Creation of Celebrity" examines one of England's greatest portrait painters in the social, political, and cultural context of a century that cultivated a very modern notion of fame. This new approach to Reynolds (17231792) considers his life and career in terms of a conscious quest for celebrity. Reynolds surrounded himself with the most famous men and women of his time. His portraits served to create, reinforce, and advertise not only his subjects' reputations but also his own. It is, therefore, no surprise that Reynolds made no fewer than 27 self-portraits in which he purposefully perpetuated his well-crafted public image as an artist, an academic, and a knight. Published to accompany a major Tate exhibition, this book features many of Reynolds's most famous and beautiful portraits. Sections consider the friendships Reynolds cultivated with the famous and infamous figures of his time, among them politicians, courtesans, writers, war heroes, and aristocrats. These flamboyant and influential subjects helped to promote and sustain Reynolds's distinguished career and, ultimately, to secure his enduring popularity with audiences today.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. 9
Acknowledgementsp. 11
'The modern apelles' : Joshua Reynolds and the creation of celebrityp. 17
Reynolds, celebrity and the exhibition spacep. 35
'Figures of fame' : Reynolds and the printed imagep. 49
'Paths of glory' : fame and the public in eighteenth-century Londonp. 61
Reynolds and the self-portraitp. 73
Heroesp. 89
Aristocratsp. 113
The temple of famep. 141
The Streatham worthiesp. 165
Painted womenp. 181
The theatre of lifep. 199
Reynolds and the reproductive printp. 227
Reynolds and the sculpted imagep. 263
The life and art of Joshua Reynoldsp. 271
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